Easter Sunday is the day people remember Christ’s resurrection from death. His blood became the cleanser for our sins. But what if Easter doesn’t really honor Christ’s resurrection? If it doesn’t, you might be missing out on God’s blessings. In appreciating Christ’s resurrection according to scripture, you can not only really honor God, you can have more blessings in life too.
Most of us agree that God’s scripture is authoritative and correct. Scripture seems to express that in 2 Timothy 3:16. It states, “16 All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness;” Being that it’s authoritative and correct, what it teaches Christians to do, that’s what Christians are to strive for. Easter as a yearly ritual of remembering Christ’s resurrection was never taught in scripture. At best, no one can really be sure it honors God. At worst, it doesn’t, and maybe even dishonors God, because it’s practicing unholy worship of Him like what occurred in Leviticus 10:1-2
“Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.”
If what we do dishonors God, we are hindering our blessings. We are heightening our displeasure in life, or potentially worse in the case of Nadab and Abihu. So how do we honor Christ’s resurrection and be able to have more blessings?
To answer that question, let’s answer this question. What was it that Christ wanted people to be after his resurrection? Matthew 28:19 states, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” Christ wanted people to be disciples. From the process of starting your journey as a disciple, to living your journey as a disciple. We start the journey by obeying Jesus and the Apostle’s instructions of how one begins the journey of a disciple’s salvation.
Beginning of the journey
Jesus states in Mark 16:16, “16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” Believe +Baptism = Start of salvation journey
Apostle Peter stated in Acts 2:38 based on his understanding of what Jesus told him to teach, “38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” So here, Repentance + Baptism = Start of salvation journey
Obedience to Christ
Once we’ve begun the journey when we’ve done these things, we live a life that strives for consistent obedience to Christ. How do we do that? We know Christ was the Word in flesh as John 1 expresses. Therefore, obey God’s Word, and you’re obeying Christ. You’re being a disciple, and thus you’re really honoring Christ’s resurrection, and you will be able to receive more blessings.
If you’ve been having stress over family, work, school, or relationships, you’ll be able to access the peace of God like the calmness of a soft breeze on a sunny day, or the gentleness of a cushioned bed and warm covers. You can have a joy in knowing your experiencing God helping you be a better person that you like more, and that other people like more with their smiles and warm embraces seeing you. This development of better relationships in your life will get you smiling and happier as well. These things and more you can be blessed to have if you honor Christ’s resurrection by taking up discipleship.
Don’t risk your eternity any longer. Don’t miss out on your blessings anymore. Believe, repent and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Read the Word daily and grow in your obedience to Christ. How beautiful the love of God is, that He would send His son to be nailed to death on a cross for our sins, and give us all the chance to be saved and blessed in life.
Peace to you all in Christ.